I do not attend cultural events as much I want to. One of the positive things about living in New York City is the opportunity to witness different cultural/ethnically experiences. Sometimes my excuse could be the weather (rainy, cold, dry…you name it) or I have too much on my plate to spend time doing leisure activities. Though I had no such excuse today. The weather was fine and sunny and I still have ‘Sunday’ to cram in my works. So, off I went to the annual NYC Sikh Day Parade.
I may not be educated in the Sikh culture, but I know it is a religion originated from India. I looked up a bit of its history online and found that the Punjab region is the historic homeland of Sikhism. No wonder the food I saw the eaters were savoring were Punjabi-influenced as well.
The Sikh people were very nice at the parade. The volunteers gave out free drinks and food, but because of the long line, I did not attempt to wait for the delicious food though. So I asked a random eater and politely asked if I could try a little of the flatbread he was eating (their chapatis). He was so kind and even offered half a piece to me. Especially knowing that he ‘fought’ to get his food, his generosity was greatly appreciated. Of course, I just ripped off a little just to know what it tasted like. Plain. Like a Mexican tortilla. No wonder the Sikh people eat them with curries and other saucy dishes.
I also took some free Sikh music. Got to expand my cultural horizon…
Here are more photos.